Beating the freeze can help to ensure a good fruit crop in the year ahead

Prune your larger fruit trees to control their shape and size as they grow in the spring. It will also increase their productivity.

If you have limited space, you can train your fruit trees as espaliers, fans and cordons.
Many soft fruits can be planted at this time of year.
For example, thornless blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, every colour of currant and tayberries.
If the soil is frozen you can start your soft fruit in pots, adding organic matter or compost to the soil.
If you already have some healthy currant and gooseberry bushes, you can take 10-12” cuttings and put them in compost half buried, half exposed.
If pruning at the same time, remove dead leaves and disease-ridden stems but leave young shoots as these will bear fruit next year.

Make sure you tidy up existing fruit beds, checking the stems and supporting wires.
Rhubarb clumps can be lifted ready for forcing. Store in large boxes with roots covered in moist compost.
You want to cover the top of the box with a material that will keep out all natural light.

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